Maine AAP Statement on Racism

The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the nationwide movement to end racism. We recognize the structural racism embedded within our society, which results in racial inequities in health, access to health care, education, employment, law enforcement and judicial matters.·

The Maine AAP opposes racism and acknowledges its impact on health. ·

The Maine AAP recognizes that racism and discrimination impact the physical, mental and behavioral health of children of all ages, and that as pediatricians and as health care leaders, we must change institutions and cultural bias that fosters racism and racial injustice.·

The Chapter commits to ending racial inequities and injustices that impact not only child health, but the well being of our communities.

We support our members to work at the practice, local, state and federal levels, to end racism and encourage our members to join us in ending racial disparities that impact the health and wellness of Maine’s children, families and communities.

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health - AAP Policy Statement

AAP Diversity and Inclusion Statement: https://pediatrics.aappublicat...

Below are a series of articles/tools to help parents/ clinicians discuss racism in their offices and living rooms.

Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

Healthy Children - Racism and Children

Talking to Children about Racial Bias

Teaching Children Cultural and Racial Pride

AAP Resources and Recommended Links

Traumatic Impact of Racism on Young People

Talking to Children About Racial Bias

Pediatrics: Police, Equity, and Child Health

Chicago Public Library Anti-Racist Reading List

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge


https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/education.html (Implicit Association Test)

Resources from MaineHealth ECHO:

Creating Safe and Brave Spaces:

· https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/black-joy-form-resistance/?fbclid=IwAR1vRoPMpiz8-YJbtLaKkWLIQvNO-t9GqVNFXeCgxc0ysedeZtPpEOj-qa4

· https://www.self.com/story/black-mental-health-resources?utm_social-type=owned&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&mbid=social_facebook&utm_brand=self&fbclid=IwAR3Ywb7ksCRM_hOQAlDtXtgyiizUdxPhIs_p-qd6fnCq_rF9uXFKSnMmg4I

· https://www.socialwork.career/2020/06/anti-racism-resources-for-social-workers-and-therapists.html?fbclid=IwAR3IpfF_QGhVXcKHr1HUiY6wIIRSUGgpNHfbq-TklTTYjKIMEkF_w9aUq78

· https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/843249C9-B1E5-BD47-A25EDBC68363B726/from-safe-spaces-to-brave-spaces.pdf

· https://www.cultureamp.com/blog/how-to-help-black-employees/

· https://safespaceradio.com/talking-to-white-kids-about-race-racism/

Disproportionate Effects of COVID on Black People:

Books about racism to read with or for your children to read


Book List - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Resources and Books

Younger Children:

  • A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara (Board book)
  • The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
  • The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, by Selina Alko
  • Let's Talk About Race, by Julius Lester
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano
  • Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development, by enid Lee et al

Preteens and Teens:

  • Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict, by Marilee Peters
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice, by Allan Creighton, Paul Kivel
  • Black Lives Matter, by Bradford Edwards, Duchess Harris

Other Books:


Anticipatory Guidance on racism, police violence, anti-racist parenting: